The largest museum of street art in the world has opened in Amsterdam
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The STRAAT Museum in Amsterdam is the largest Street Art Museum in the world. It opened in October 2020 at the NDSM wharf in the north of the capital of the Netherlands.
The Lasloods at the NDSM-Wharf now hosts the largest Street Art Museum in the world. The former welding shed is now a national monument, and with an area of over 7,000 m², it is unprecedented in size.
There are about 150 different works of art on display. The artists come from countless countries. Upon arrival, you will see a work of art by Anne Frank, which is already famous. Officially it is called STRAAT Museum, although the international Street Art Museum is held in Amsterdam.
Curator David Roos: ‘The museum shows the greatest art movement of our time and offers context to graffiti and street art. The collection consists of works that show the same diversity as you encounter it outside on the street. Another special feature of our collection is that all the works in the museum are made. At Street Museum Amsterdam you can choose to lose yourself completely in the artworks. Or to explore their underlying meaning. This can be done by delving into the stories that are normally not told on the street.’
The world-famous Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra has already completed a 24-metre high portrait of Anne Frank on the outside of the future museum. The very colourful artwork with the title Let Me Be Myself tells the story of Anne Frank, which is relevant even today.
Kobra is most famous for the largest piece of street art in the world, in Rio de Janeiro. He was also the official artist of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. There will be more big-name artist added to the bill of the works at this museum.
All pieces are created especially for this museum, which is happening at a secret location. The sizes of the artworks are remarkable. ‘The smallest artwork that we’ll have on display is already bigger than Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, and the largest we have so far is by Telmo Miel, and is five by twelve metres high. After the renovation, we’ll place the pieces side by side with the old cranes, in a space that is 24 metres high and has a monumental, industrial atmosphere.’
The address of the STRAAT Museum is NDSM-Plein. This is one of the hippest places in Amsterdam. It is located just next to the IJ-Hallen. It is easily accessible by bicycle and free ferries from Amsterdam Central. Parking is still relatively cheap here, so you can also come by car.
More information can be found on the official website.